If you’re looking for a bit of lively action from your beach holiday, you can’t go far wrong with Laganas. Boasting a 5km beach with lots of little hidden secluded spots, a strong party scene and in a great location for visiting attractions, it offers you the opportunity to do as much or as little as you like. With cheap deals on places to stay including All Inclusive hotels, you won’t regret your Laganas holidays.
The summer months are blessed with high temperatures that peak at about 31°C, and drop to around 19°C over spring and autumn months.
Fly to Zakynthos International Airport and following a smooth drive 10 minutes down the road from the airport, you’ll arrive at Laganas.
Book a cheap holiday to Laganas with Airtours and treat yourself to a rejuvenating break full of fun and laughter. Learn all about the loggerhead turtles who call Laganas their summer home, take a trip to Zante Town or simply explore the golden beach for ultimate relaxation.
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Laganas is a bustling resort with a fantastic beach, great amenities and a 1 mile long strip of clubs, bars, venues and restaurants. But that in no way suggests that this resort isn't suitable for everyone. With a whole host of fab things to see and do, from a brisk walk to the next village of Keri to boat excursions out to see the Blue Caves, your holiday can be just what you want.
Every summer Zante sees a wonderful natural event as hundreds of endangered Caretta Caretta sea turtles come to the shores to mate and lay their eggs on the beaches of Laganas. Responsible tourism is fundamental to their survival, so the National Maritime Park of Zakynthos work closely with the beaches, touring boats and locals to create an environment that visitors can enjoy, but doesn’t harm these precious eggs. Take one of the turtle spotting boats out to sea to learn about these creatures, or sit amongst their nesting ground on the beach, which is marked with little cages.
Because of their dedication to protecting the sea turtles, there isn’t much in the way of water sports in Laganas. If you’re looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush, take a day’s excursion up to Watervillage in Sarkinado, just 25 minutes north. This 40,000 square foot theme park has a variety of fast and furious water rides with names like ‘Thrill Tower’ and ‘Boomerbowl’, and also has a relaxing jacuzzi, lazy river, children’s pool and crazy golf, as well as great facilities including a photo shop. The free parking and choice of restaurants also make this a totally easy place to visit if you’re travelling with kids and renting a car.
Zante is blessed with natural attractions, from the great wildlife to epic caves. As number one on the itinerary for most tourists, the Blue Caves in Agios Nikolaos in the north of the island are an absolute must, especially if you love nature. Hop on one of the excursion boats to see these naturally made stone arches in the rock face. As your boat gets into the caves you can jump straight into the blue waters, a truly magical experience.
Beach: One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Laganas is the beach. At 5km long with turquoise waters skimming across the golden sand, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the lively side or escape to secluded spots.
Nightlife: Whatever your tastes, you’ll find something to do in the evenings on your Laganas holiday. You could be clubbing and dancing until the small hours or perhaps you’re more into long, balmy dinners with loved ones in a local taverna. Whatever it is, Laganas has it.
Turtles: Laganas is part of the National Marine Park and is a protected spot, where the endangered Caretta Caretta sea turtles arrive every year to mate and lay their eggs.
Language: The official language in Zante is Greek although the resorts tend to be multilingual.
Currency: Making life easy, Euros are the currency in Laganas.
Local time: Laganas is two hours ahead of us in the UK, not too much to cause any jet lag.
Fly to: Zakynthos International Airport is very close to the town of Laganas, 6.9km in fact.
Flight time from UK: 3 hours 30 minutes.
Tourist information: Zante’s website is great for extra information, see http://zante.gr.
Visa and health: You’re OK just travelling with your passport and you won’t need to have any jabs before your holiday.
Temperature: The summer months between June and September start at around 28°C and peak to about 31°C. Autumn drops to about 19°C and winter is much cooler. Look out for the Meltemi winds which blow from the north during the afternoons between June and September.
Best time to visit: Beach holidays are meant to be spent soaking up the sun (with lots of SPF on, obviously) so the summer months are ideal, especially when you consider the hours of sunshine the island gets. Out of peak season, it can get a bit wetter and the temperatures do drop but this can be a nice change, especially if you’re hoping to see lots on your holiday to Laganas.
Bus: Local buses are regular, cheap and give you a great chance to see the scenery.
Hire Car: Perfect for those who are keen for some freedom on their holiday, there are several car hire businesses in Laganas.
Taxis: Taxis should be cheap and easy to get hold of and with plenty of taxi bays in the town, they’re a great way of getting about.
Boat: Take a glass bottom boat out to see if you can spot turtles, dolphins or colourful fish.
Zante Music Festival: Every August Laganas plays host to its annual music festival. Showcasing gigs and acts from famous musicians, DJs and artists this one day festival takes place outside on the beach in the scorching sun. Absolutely nothing like the wet and muddy festival you’re used to experiencing back in the UK!
Carnival: For anyone visiting Laganas in the spring time, the Carnival is not to be missed. Deeply rooted in Zakynthian culture, this five day festival celebrates its Venetian heritage. During the day, make sure you catch the weird and wonderful street theatre and satires and the float processions. On the final day, the carnival ends with a triumphant re-enactment of the jousting that happened centuries ago. With Zante Town 15 minutes away, this is event should be on every visitor’s itinerary.
May Day: Along with the rest of Europe, Zakynthians celebrate a day off work to spend some quality time with their families, and like Zante’s fellow Ionian islands including Corfu, this coincides with celebrations of Spring. Locals take to the countryside for long picnics, and there are frequent patriotic displays through the various towns and villages celebrating the Unions that gave workers the right to a day off from the daily toil.